Vegas, Elementary: CBS Orders Full Seasons

CBS was the first network to cancel a TV show this season (Made in Jersey) and they’ve now given full season orders to their other new dramas — Elementary and Vegas.

Vegas debuted to a mediocre 2.5 demo rating with 14.85 million viewers. In week two, those numbers fell about 20% and held steady in week three. That’s positive but it’s still one of CBS’ lowest rated weeknight dramas.

Airing on Thursday nights, Elementary premiered to a 3.1 rating and 13.41 million viewers. The second episode dropped about 19% and week’s three’s demo fell another 8%. Considering that Elementary’s only real timeslot competition in primetime is ABC’s Scandal (NBC runs ratings anemic Rock Center with Brian Williams), the new series should be performing much better.

While neither new TV series may live to see a second season, CBS has at least decided to give each show more time to grow their audiences.

Here’s the press release:


Freshman Dramas Win Their Time Periods in Viewers and Key Demographics

CBS has given full season “back nine” orders to television’s top two freshman series – VEGAS and ELEMENTARY.

“VEGAS and ELEMENTARY have opened strong, delivering big audiences and winning performances in important time periods,” said Nina Tassler, President, CBS Entertainment. “Each of the shows has rich characters, big stars and a unique visual style that have stood out in the crowd, helping make two of our strongest nights even stronger.”

VEGAS, the #1 new series of the season and ranked sixth overall, wins its Tuesday (10:00-11:00 PM) time period in viewers and key demographics, averaging 14.94 million viewers, 2.7/08 in adults 18-49 and 3.8/09 in adults 25-54. VEGAS has improved the year-ago time period by +8% in viewers.

ELEMENTARY, the #2 new series of the season and ranked ninth overall, also wins its Thursday (10:00-11:00 PM) time period in the key ratings measures, averaging 14.30 million viewers, 3.5/10 in adults 18-49 and 4.6/11 in adults 25-54. Compared to the time period last year, ELEMENTARY is up +17% in adults 18-49 and +10% in adults 25-54.

VEGAS stars Dennis Quaid, Michael Chiklis, Carrie-Anne Moss, Jason O’Mara, Taylor Handley and Sarah Jones. Greg Walker, Nicholas Pileggi, Cathy Konrad, Arthur Sarkissian and James Mangold are executive producers for CBS Television Studios.

ELEMENTARY stars Jonny Lee Miller, Lucy Liu, Aidan Quinn and Jon Michael Hill. Rob Doherty, Sarah Timberman and Carl Beverly are executive producers for CBS Television Studios.

What do you think? Do you like either of these shows? Are you hoping one or the other will be renewed for second seasons?

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35 Comments · Read them below or add one

  1. Sherri says

    We love this show! Totally refreshing acting, scripts, setting and dynamics based on a real sherrif’s life. So refreshing to have a show based on values, family and realistic detective work.

  2. Ken says

    I like CBS, because of its wide variety of tv shows, I say give Vegas and Elementary a chance, and if you watch both shows long enough and love it enoguh, then maybe CBS will renew them for another season. CBS ROCKS!

  3. Lorri Edwards says

    I think Elementary is one of the best detective shows of all times. I look forward to it every week. I hope it’s around for many seasons!

  4. Nancy Smith says

    I really like Vegas but I think Elementary is the best new show of the year! I hope it stays on for a very long time.

  5. Georgia says

    I watch both of these. I am glad to see CBS ordered more shows. I almost did not watch because of the TV critics pre-view comments before the series in the fall. Neither were reviewed as solid shows and were probably going to be cancelled.

    I will continue to watch both as long as they are on, but Elementary gets a slight edge over Vegas.

    I have 5 episodes of Last Resort on my DVR to be watched – waiting to see if it lasts before I get involved in it.

  6. Chris says

    I really enjoy watching Vegas but didn’t care for Elementary. I enjoy watching all Sherlock Homles shows and movies but not this one. Can’t get past that Watson is an Asian woman (who is hired as a companion). Sorry just don’t like.

  7. Carole says

    Vegas is one of my favorite shows and I hope it grows in popularity. I’ll also continue to watch Elementary, although I wouldn’t be upset if it didn’t make it.

  8. Janis Wall says

    Give Vegas a chance or try different time slot. It’s an ok show. I think the time slot is all wrong. Don’t watch Elementary.

  9. Mary Hardung says

    We love Vegas and pray you keep it on schedule! We like it so much we stay up late for it. Please don’t cancel the show!

  10. JJ Goode says

    I haven’t gotten the chance to catch up on Vegas, but I know Elementary is deserving of its full season. I like the idea of new faces for the Holmes franchise; especially with Watson being played by Liu.

  11. matt says

    this is good new Elementary is growing on me i hated the first episode because i was like this is not Sherlock Holmes. Johnny Lee Miller is growing into the nicely. i dont watch Vegas but i have friends who enjoy it but to many other shows on to watch

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